Lawyers vs Conveyancers: Whats the Difference?
Not everyone acting for a buyer or a seller in a real estate transaction is a lawyer.
The Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 2006 introduced to New Zealand the separate profession of ‘Conveyancer’. Conveyancers are distinct from ‘Lawyers’ or ‘Solicitors’. They are not required to hold law degrees or be supervised by lawyers.
Lawyers may provide a full range of services to the public, being both conveyancing services, and general legal services. Conveyancers may provide conveyancing services, but are unable to advise on other areas of law.
Buying or selling a property or business rarely happens in a vacuum. Personal, business and financial factors are all often critical considerations. A lawyer from Turner Hopkins can not only advise on the transaction at hand, but also on how the transaction will affect you and your family. Relationship property laws, estate planning and protection from creditors, while not an extensive list, are all factors you should be talking to us about when buying or selling.
“I have used Turner Hopkins for my legal services for over eight years. I have always found their level of service excellent and their work to a very high standard. I have used various lawyers at their firm for various businesses I have been involved with and have always had very positive experiences. I would highly recommend them.”
“I can't speak highly enough of Jenny. She got everything done in a timely manner and when my ex-husband threw a spanner in the works at the eleventh hour she got the required documentation to his lawyers and settlement back on track.”
“John is very easy to talk to, he never makes you feel dumb, and never makes you feel like you are wasting his time for asking questions. He explains everything very clearly, every time. John's support staff are also very efficient and so easy to deal with. No detail is missed when dealing with them. My husband and I are fans of them all :)”
“I have struggled with different legal firms over the years, but over the past few years I have engaged with Turner Hopkins with various requirements from personal relating to wills, family trust, property settlements and contracts through to commercial engagements including employment advice, commercial lease agreements and general legal advice. I have engaged with a number of the people in the firm and always found them professional, punctual in their responses and very sound in the advice provided.”
“Joy, we cannot thank you enough for your help with our purchase! You have been wonderful to deal with and so proactive (and patient with my numerous emails). We will be visiting NZ in April so will make sure we drop in to thank you in person.”